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The Stone Council (2006)

Le concile de pierre (original title)
In France, the single translator Diane Siprien adopts an Asian baby named Liu-San in a foundation directed by Sybille Weber. Years later, a weird mark appears on the boy's chest and Diane ... See full summary »

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Guillaume Nicloux
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Bellucci ... Laura Siprien
Catherine Deneuve ... Sybille Weber
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Serguei Makov
Sami Bouajila ... Lucas
Elsa Zylberstein ... Clarisse
Nicolas Thau Nicolas Thau ... Liu-San
Lorenzo Balducci ... L'inspecteur Frank Neves
Nicolas Jouhet Nicolas Jouhet ... L'inspecteur Langlois
Peter Bonke Peter Bonke ... Le docteur Vonkel
Tubtchine Bayaertu Tubtchine Bayaertu ... Barsak Thalik
Laurent Grévill Laurent Grévill ... Daguerre
Jerzy Rogulski Jerzy Rogulski ... Le professeur Bruner
Yoshi Oida ... Kamal
Nikolai Boldaev Nikolai Boldaev ... Ayrag (as Nicolaï Boldaev)
Simona Maicanescu ... La directrice de l'orphelinat
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In France, the single translator Diane Siprien adopts an Asian baby named Liu-San in a foundation directed by Sybille Weber. Years later, a weird mark appears on the boy's chest and Diane and Liu share their dreadful nightmares. Diane is assigned for a three-day job in German and she leaves Liu with her friend Sybille. However, while going to the airport, Diane finds Liu hidden in the backseat and startles with an eagle flying toward the windshield, crashing her car. Liu falls into a coma and his digital recorder records the boy speaking in an unknown dialect. When Diane searches the translation and the origins of Liu, she is surrounded by mysterious murders. She discovers that the dialect is from the mystic Mongolian Tseven tribe and that Liu is a powerful Observer; further, he is in danger, threatened by sorcerers that need the boy for their Council of the Stone. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sophie Marceau was the first choice for the lead role that ended up with Monica Bellucci. See more »

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Let Me Go Lover
Written by Fred Wise, Kay Twomey, Jenny Lou Carson (as Jenny Carson) and Benjamin Wiseman
Performed by Dean Martin
©1954 Unichappell Music Inc.
Courtesy of EMI Music France and Warner Chappell Music France
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Formulaic and boring...
20 May 2009 | by SiamoisSee all my reviews

This is a totally by-the-number supernatural thriller that cannot be saved by the aura of its lead, nor by the exotic locales.

Le concile de pierre tries hard to hit all the buttons. Tensed atmosphere, amazing locations, some adventurous bits and action... but the wide variety of situations is all poorly thought out and the execution is even worse.

It seems the filmmakers were also under the impression that just putting the beautiful Monica Bellucci on screen with a more neglected appearance than usual would turn an Oscar-worthy performance that would carry the film. It is not the case and although Bellucci does have the star power and presence to carry such a film, she turns out an average performance at best. As for the other actors, the performances are even worse, including Catherine Deneuve who goes through the motion and looks like she wanted to collect a paycheck and nothing more.

I'd give it a 3 but since some shots are pretty enough, I'll go for a 4.


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15 November 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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EUR22,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,486,909
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